One the brashest, boldest pioneers of dubstep-meets-electro as early releases on Dub Police solidified him in the genres exploding scene, [lastfm]Rusko[/lastfm] entered legendary status with the banger, “Cockney Thug.” From there, the Leeds producer skyrocketed to mainstream fame, getting both radio airplay and remix commissions from the likes of [lastfm]Adele[/lastfm] and [lastfm]A-trak[/lastfm]. By the time his Mad Decent LP hit in Spring 2010, [lastfm]Rusko[/lastfm] – and his brand of “dubstep” – have become household names. Welcome his follow-up album, humbly titled Songs, as this new collection of fourteen dancefloor tunes engages a wider spectrum of dance music beyond the Croydon subgenre.
Since this may be his last album with Mad Decent, Songs delivers one hell of a swan song. Lead single “Somebody To Love” blends his sawtooth wobble with 90′s breakbeat pop, “Love No More” does dubstep fans in America a service by incorporating dub elements to great effect, and “Thunder” shows why MDNA was really unnecessary.
[lastfm]Rusko[/lastfm] – Songs (Mad Decent)
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